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Planners question future use of turbines

Bonner Springs may get a zoning ordinance amendment this summer that addresses an issue increasingly on the public's mind. At its study session before the regular meeting on Tuesday, the Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to Planning Director Don Slone to draw up proposed amendments to the city's zoning ordinance to allow wind turbines in certain areas with restrictions.

Bonner Springs may get a zoning ordinance amendment this summer that addresses an issue increasingly on the public's mind.

At its study session before the regular meeting on Tuesday, the Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to Planning Director Don Slone to draw up proposed amendments to the city's zoning ordinance to allow wind turbines in certain areas with restrictions.

The change, if approved by the commission and later by the City Council, would allow Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone to erect wind turbines at the amphitheater's entrance, a project in which its management has expressed interest as part of the site's "Green Initiative" makeover.

The recommendation Slone will likely make, he said, will be to include wind turbines, under the term "wind energy conversion systems," in Article XXII, section 1, of the zoning ordinance dealing with height regulations of structures such as chimneys, ornamental towers and church steeples that are not subject to the height regulations for each district. As with such structures, the maximum allowed height of the turbines would be determined by the size of the lot on which they are erected; a 100-foot lot could have a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Bonner Springs may get a zoning ordinance amendment this summer that addresses an issue increasingly on the public's mind.

At its study session before the regular meeting on Tuesday, the Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to Planning Director Don Slone to draw up proposed amendments to the city's zoning ordinance to allow wind turbines in certain areas with restrictions.

The change, if approved by the commission and later by the City Council, would allow Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone to erect wind turbines at the amphitheater's entrance, a project in which its management has expressed interest as part of the site's "Green Initiative" makeover.

The recommendation Slone will likely make, he said, will be to include wind turbines, under the term "wind energy conversion systems," in Article XXII, section 1, of the zoning ordinance dealing with height regulations of structures such as chimneys, ornamental towers and church steeples that are not subject to the height regulations for each district. As with such structures, the maximum allowed height of the turbines would be determined by the size of the lot on which they are erected; a 100-foot lot could have a maximum 50-foot-tall turbine, so that if it falls down, the structure will land on the owner's property.

The other change to the ordinance will be in the ordinance appendix for each district, with WECs listed as a permitted use with the "not for commercial purposes" stipulation, for AG and A-1 zoned agricultural districts in the zoning ordinance appendix. Sandstone is in an A-1 zoned district.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed amendments at the June 24 meeting.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the Planning Commission:

• Approved a lot split for Custom Limousine, 11539 Kaw Dr., to allow for an expansion of the business. The split was approved with the condition that the property owner, Tom Edmondson, agrees to have the gas service re-routed to the 2-inch gas main located to the south and has the old gas-service line retired.

• Gave Slone the go-ahead to draft an amendment to the city's subdivision regulations to change the requirement that non-residential lots each have direct access to public streets to a requirement that each lot has ingress and egress access to a public street - that is, the access road to the public street could be on private property and that access couldn't be removed at the whim of the property owner without city approval. The commission will consider the amendment at its May 28 meeting.

 


Source: http://www2.bonnersprings.c...

APR 30 2008
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